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Submitted by headteacher on Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 23:18
Wow didn't they do well!! Last week we were treated to three wonderful performances by Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The children spoke confidently and capably and sang beautifully. Well done to everyone, you were amazing!  
 
On Tuesday 12th Decemeber members of the community joined us for lunch, tea and mince pies and then enjoyed watching the dress rehearsal. I received this email following the performance:
 
Thank you for such a splendid lunch followed by the enchanting nativity play.  I am sure the subsequent performances will have gone well as the children were so confident and word perfect.  Whoever organised this production did a very good job.

My renewed thanks for inviting me.

With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Please take a look at all the other photos in the gallery http://www.goudhurst-kilndown.kent.sch.uk/gallery/manger-mouse

"We are such stuff that dreams are made of...."

Submitted by headteacher on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 13:30

This week I received a lovely letter from the Shakespeare for schools festival following Year 5's performance of the Tempest at The Trinity Theatre on 22/11/17.

"I would like to offer sincere thanks and congratulations to Goudhurst and Kilndown CE Primary School for your wonderful production of The Tempest as part of the 2017 Shakespeare Schools Festival. Students and teachers alike have put hard work, imagination, determination and passion into this production, and were a credit to the school. I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight just a few fantastic moments that you should be especially proud of.

What an atmospheric and creative Tempest. I loved the use of live sound by the actors, as well as the soundtrack, which combined brilliantly. Your use of ensemble throughout was fantastic, creating landscapes from just your bodies and beautiful choral moments like becoming the rain of the storm. It was fantastic having you all onstage throughout, which created an intimate playing space and it was lovely having that focus on the centre of the action.

Physically you were brilliant, opening out and sharing the text with the audience. I also loved the physical language of the magic in the play.

You had brilliant performance energy which was so punchy, and you picked up your cues showing you were really listening to each other. Technically, you had fantastic vocal energy, projecting your voices with clarity.

You brought out the humour within this play beautifully and I loved your physical comedy choices, particularly your comic timing, your use of slapstick comedy and the modern asides. Your student technicians also worked hard over the day, helping to cue and run the show and tech - Kudzai, William and Thomas. The whole company was focussed and hardworking throughout.

Thank you for a magical, mysterious and marvellous Tempest."

Appraised by Natasha Rickman

Congratulations to everyone involved in this superb production.

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